n De Arte - Reservoirs of potency : The documentary paintings of Stephen Townley Bassett, Stephen Townley Bassett, David Lewis-Williams and Benjamin Smith
Unconquerable spirit : George Stow's history paintings of the San, Pippa Skotnes : book review

Volume 2009, Issue 79
  • ISSN : 0004-3389



South Africans in the 21st century have an ambiguous relationship with the 'Bushmen' or San people (an ambiguity foregrounded by our uncertainty over what to call them). On the one hand we are complicit in their demise, insofar as our forebears, black and white alike, were guilty of subjugating, enslaving and ultimately exterminating them. Paradoxically, on the other hand, they have left us a cultural legacy that - fragmentary though it may be - is arguably the only heritage shared by all South Africans.

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